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The Apotheosis

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Absolute power corrupts, and the scientist at the center of Darrell Lee’s new science-fiction thriller The Apotheosis , is the perfect storm of ill-intentioned genius, wealth, and cruel obsession.

Channeling the propulsive action and scientific-authenticity of a Michael Crichton novel, Darrell Lee delivers an all to plausible bio-engineering disaster in the waiting. John Nu
Paperback, 362 pages
Published May 18th 2019 by Progressive Rising Phoenix Press
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Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Summary: Quick read due to pacing and chapter divisions. Interesting story about love, hate, greed, dedication and hubris.

Apotheosis is a 360 page blur. The story is fast paced, drawing the reader in with bravado and questions from the start. Natural breaks allow the book to be read in short sittings or long sessions alike. The story follows John Numen, think Tony Stark with a dark side. At times I found myself rooting for John and at others wishing for his death. One of the questions I was left
Cj Zawacki
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
APOTHEOSIS, by Darrell Lee, takes one into a future cloning experiment by John Numen. Numen is a doctor who has had great success in using his research to clone animals, but than takes his research to a darker side. Very well written, a novel that does not seem to be far into today's headlines on cloning research.

Darrel lee's writing style has to ability to bring alive this story of insanity and greed, of forbidden pleasure, and romance. Will the the darker side of of Numen continue, or is ther
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received this ARC as part of a Goodreads giveaway.
I found the story fast paced intriguing, just enough technical information to keep you interested but not too much to be over bearing. The main char John definitely had no conscience.
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Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Most stories about cloning center on using human clones for spare body parts. This sci-fi tale follows one man's journey to find his immortality through cloning. The cloning experiments and memory transfer system seem to give the main character what he wants, but then the story takes a sharp turn. This was an interesting read with engrossing characters. I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel is a modern-day take on Frankenstein, with a protagonist who is a part genius, part amoral, almost evil creature, a mad scientist of a kind with a discovery that leads him down the road from intellectual progeny, to ignominy.

John Numen's journey begins when he discovers a scientific breakthrough that somehow allows him the greatest gift a person can seek: immortality. How that is accomplished requires a little suspension of disbelief, but it's an entertaining ride.

The plot is very qui
Sonya Loyer
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received an ARC signed by the author in a Goodreads giveaway, thank you! All thoughts are my own. This is a sci-fi novel set in the future. The first paragraph of the book lists all of John Numen's degrees and accomplishments that show how absolutely brilliant he is. The second paragraph grabbed me:
"I don't know how many people you have to murder to qualify as a serial killer, but if my plans go as I hope, I will meet that number sooner or later. I consider it collateral damage for the advance
Lauren Barth
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won this book during a giveaway and I'm so glad because it's not something I would normally read. This one is highly recommended! It was confusing at first because the story jumps back and forth between the main character's point of view through future journal entries and then the story told through a third person. It's very fast paced so it's an easy read. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. Parts of it are predictable, but the characters are all likable, the story is believable (as most o ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set in the near future, Dr. John Numen figures out a way to clone a human. Of course, this is against the law. Dr. Numen continues his research anyway. He has inherited his father's company and is very well off.

Eventually, he is caught and forced to hide out to continue his work. As time goes on his work gets darker.

The Apotheosis really made me think about the issues surrounding cloning and where the line is or should be drawn. Definitely worth a read!
Lestie Green
I cannot say enough good things about this book. It was truly a pleasure to read. There was a perfect balance of description and dialogue. I did not want to put it down. I feel that often books are repetitions of the same scenarios, outcomes are predictable, and characters are not intertwined well. Not the case for this book. A fresh, original story. Well told with beautifully interwoven characters. There are a few ARC copies still available, grab 'em!
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed The Apotheosis. I could hardly put the book down. I love science fiction thrillers and this one did not disappoint. John Numen is a rich doctor and scientist who will go to any length to obtain immortality. He moves from continent to continent to meet his desires at a cost to others. I am hoping that a sequel will follow as the end left me desiring for more! Excellent book.
Barry Payne
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a very fast paced thriller. Pay attention readers or you will miss the twists and turns. Barry
Amanda Lindell
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Goodreads Giveaways for a signed ARC. I immediately enjoyed this story of the search for immortality that’s much darker than the norm. However, I began to fall out of love in the later third of the story until the plots converged again. For a story that takes so long to build up it was very quick to wind down and tie a bow around.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly fascinating glimpse into the life and ambitions of a madman! Books like this do not come along often. The Apotheosis takes you through the full gambit of emotions. The characters are fascinating, believable and so well developed that you find yourself rooting for even the minor characters or realizing in horror that for the last few chapters you were rooting for a serial killer! The science is well thought out but not over the top, which I appreciated. It progressed the story rather than ...more
Lesley Jones
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Apotheosis by Darrell Lee, when Dr. John Numen’s father dies suddenly he inherits a major stake in a successful pharmaceutical company. Using the company as a cover, John Numen begins his own medical research which could change human life as we know it. As the decades pass, John discovers the meaning of abandonment by those close to him but also true unconditional love. His research and his plan to boost his wealth even further takes him down a morally disturbing path. Following a series ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Apotheosis by Darrell Lee is the story of Dr. John Numen, a 40% stake holder in the pharmaceutical company founded by his late father and run now by a biochemist Dr. Ethan Shinwell. Through his own legacy, John is able to set up a laboratory on the same property and with some company funding for his own research...although what exactly that research is remains an exercise in smoke and mirrors, as John micromanages his lab and all who have access to it. John's resources and ambition rival eac ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Numen, the ‘mad’ scientist at the heart of this Sci-Fi novel, seems to start out as the protagonist (murdering a handful of people in the name of science that will help the world can be overlooked, right?). Then we start to see that his motives are not exactly selfless. Darrell Lee vividly and quickly guides you through the plot’s twists and surprises. There is even a not-quite-Sci-Fi interlude with additional well-realized characters which will draw you in and have you rooting for them. Hi ...more
Mack Little
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked from the first page. Who could resist a story where the main character describes himself as a doctor, a scientist, a billionaire and a fledgling serial killer? I am, in turns, horrified and fascinated by his perversion of science and the twisted manner in which he uses and discards people to achieve his disturbing ambitions. The characters in this novel are incredibly fleshed out so that even when a minor character is disposed of in the name of science, it feels like a real loss. Th ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely done. Quite a few unexpected plot twists and turns.
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and Darrell Lee for my copy of this novel, in exchange of a honest review...

And I have to say this one wasn't for me. Probably because I was expecting more of a sci-fi story, and this is mostly a pure thriller, which has never been my cup of tea, with the science parts very much overlooked.

Even though I never DNF a book (I'm always waiting and hoping for it to get better), I have to admit this was quite an ok reading, in terms of pace and rhythm, thanks to a nice s
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book through a giveaway and was not disappointed. The story was well paced making for an easy read. The reader is invited to speculate on the possibilities as well as potential consequences of the search for immortality through cloning. As the star of the show, Dr. John Nunen presents us with a self-centered character completely devoid of any conscience. He allows nothing and no one to stand in the way of his remorseless pursuit of immortality. Naturally, that leads to some prett ...more
Ken Carona
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am not an avid reader. However; if Darrell Lee writes another book I’m first in line to read his new one.
The Apotheosis sucked me in to the story with these fascinating characters like leaves in a tornado. I enjoyed every spin as this warped ingenious scientist set out on his narcissistic trek of perfection.
I liked John and despised him. I could not wait to see what was around the next corner and the unfolding fate for his naive victims. I actually felt like an assistant in the room watching
Meg Christensen
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The premise was intriguing. However, it copped out on the science. Also, I couldn't have really cared less about the heavy character building of Irina. It ended a bit more flatly than I had hoped. 3.5 stars for a good effort.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story. It had a lot of twists and turns. Only had a problem with one character near the end of the book - thought way too much detail and time was given. Otherwise I do believe I could have given it a 5!
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Sort of interesting. But predictable. Then takes an unpredictable turn that leads nowhere. An odd, almost nihilistic novel.
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